Thursday’s Threat: The Sun Is the Key

day2otlk_1730Sunshine.  Simply put, that’s what Iowa needs to see to boost our chances of severe weather.  At this time the Storm Prediction Center is only forecasting a slight risk for severe weather in eastern Iowa.  A cold front is expected to pass through the state tomorrow afternoon and evening, touching off another round of strong storms.  With cloud cover lingering over the state today and tonight, this is all dependent on clearing, sunshine and some atmospheric instability before the front arrives.

Timing of that front is up in the air a bit and the amount of development we wind up seeing is also a question mark.  If we can get a lot of son and a bit more support in the upper levels, we could see a good setup for severe weather on Thursday.  If not, a few showers and thunderstorms might be all we see.  Right now it looks like we might have to wait until well into Thursday morning to know the answer.  Going to be a close one but one we’ll monitor very closely tonight and into tomorrow.

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